Colorado Marijuana Law Point Of Contention During GOP Debate; Bush Smoked 40 Years Ago

“Too many Americans have seen their lives destroyed because they have criminal records as a result of marijuana use,” Sanders told a live audience of more than 1,700 students, which erupted with applause. “That’s wrong. That has got to change.”

CALIFORNIA: Colorado’s recreational marijuana law took center stage for a time during the Republican presidential debate Wednesday night. It certainly was a political point of contention. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie defended his position that if he’s elected president, he would enforce the federal law and make it illegal to smoke marijuana recreationally in Colorado. Jeb Read the full article…

GOP Contenders Just Saying No To Fight Against Pot

Only New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and long-shot candidate former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) support a federal crackdown on state policies legalizing cannabis, which is still classified as a Schedule I drug — the most dangerous category, according to the Drug Enforcement Agency.

GOP presidential candidates are by and large staying away from the debate over marijuana legalization, an issue once embraced by Republican occupants of the White House. They have stayed largely silent as support for legalizing or decriminalizing marijuana has gained public support.  Fifty-three percent of adults nationwide say marijuana should be legal, while 43 percent say the Read the full article…

Chris Christie To Legal Marijuana Smokers: Enjoy It While You Can Because He’ll Enforce Federal Ban

"If you're getting high in Colorado today, enjoy it until Jan. 17 of 2017," Christie told an audience in Newport, N.H., on Tuesday, "because I will enforce the federal laws against marijuana as president of the United States."

NEW JERSEY: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is attracting attention to his struggling presidential campaign by making it clear he doesn’t want to recognize state laws legalizing recreational marijuana. In town hall meetings in New Hampshire and an appearance on Fox News this week, Christie said that if elected, he intends to overturn state marijuana legalization Read the full article…

Legalized Marijuana Would Be Eliminated Under A Christie Presidency

The governor, speaking on CBS' "Face the Nation," said his administration would use federal rules that outlaw marijuana to clamp down on states that legalized recreational pot use.

NEW JERSEY: Gov. Chris Christie vowed Sunday to eliminate legalized marijuana in states like Colorado and Washington if he’s elected president. The governor, speaking on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” said his administration would use federal rules that outlaw marijuana to clamp down on states that legalized recreational pot use. “Yes sir,” Christie told host John Dickerson Read the full article…

NJ Gov Christie Says Medical Marijuana Programs Are ‘Front For Legalization’

And last week, the president and chief executive of Compassionate Care Foundation, Inc. of Egg Harbor Township — one of the state's three medical marijuana dispensaries — announced he had quit because he couldn't keep working for no pay in a struggling industry.

NEW JERSEY: Following reports that New Jersey’s medical marijuana program is suffering from low enrollment, Gov. Chris Christie called the program and similar programs across the U.S. “a front for legalization.” New Jersey passed its medical marijuana law in 2009, and former Gov. Jon Corzine, a Democrat, signed it just before Christie, a Republican, took office. Read the full article…

Fox Slams NJ Gov Chris Christie’s Pot Brutality and Ignorance

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NEW JERSEY: Though Fox news is more or less consistently prohibitionist, Fox correspondent Greg Gutfeld gets it right and shames thuggish Governor Chris Christie on his refusal to stop destroying innocent – and mostly minority – people’s lives for choosing a safer buzz than alcohol.  

NJ Gov Chris Christie Rips Colorado ‘Head Shops’

“To me, it’s just not the quality of life we want to have here in the state of New Jersey and there’s no tax revenue that’s worth that.”

NEW JERSEY: Chris Christie just isn’t really a Rocky Mountain kind of guy. The New Jersey governor, asked about Colorado’s marijuana legalization, slammed the state, criticizing its “quality of life.” “See if you want to live in a major city in Colorado where there’s head shops popping up on every corner and people flying into Read the full article…

In The Weeds: Republicans Paul, Christie, Perry Open To Softer Pot Laws Ahead Of 2016

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky has arguably been the most vocal on the subject, saying the federal government should leave the issue entirely to the states.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Republicans eyeing the White House in 2016 are pushing their party to change its stance and accept a softening of federal marijuana laws — a dramatic shift from the GOP’s most recent contenders who railed against the drug and questioned its medicinal value. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky has arguably been the most vocal on the Read the full article…

New Jersey Cannabis Reformer Governor Vetoes Industrial Hemp Bill

Governor, you must honestly join the conversation about cannabis.  The current policies do not work and we need a new approach.  Frankly, it doesn’t matter if “they” really want legalization, Governor.  Whether you give “them” legalization or not, either way, your work is far from done.

By Michael Chazukow  NEW JERSEY:  Most cameras in Trenton were fixed on Governor Christie’s scandal hearings last week.   The “Bridge-gate” controversy as well as allegations that he misused Sandy Relief funds has been so dominant in the news that the excellent work of our legislature was being overlooked.  Controversy hearings dominated our capitol last week, Read the full article…